With nutrients like vitamin E, proteins and minerals, and powerful anti-fungicidal and antibacterial properties, castor oil is nothing less than a secret that has not been unveiled to the world. It is rich in triglyceride of fatty acids, with 90 percent of it having ricinoleic acid. It is this special composition of castor oil that gives it all its amazing healing abilities.
Ricinoleic acid has already been found for its effectiveness in the prevention and getting rid of bacteria, molds, yeasts and viruses.
Brief History of Castor Oil
Castor oil has been used traditionally as oral laxative. But currently, most of its usage is for topical application. The best thing about castor oil is that its highly effective remedy for different types of ailments and yet cheap.
There have been so many practical uses of castor oil. The plant’s stem is used in Russia as a common ingredient in the textile industry.
Castor oil is extracted from a plant called Ricinus communis, which is native to India. Interestingly, the plant is not just known for its remarkable health benefits, it is also a well-known, highly toxic plant. But all that toxicity is associated with the plant and not with castor oil. In other words, you don’t have to worry about the oil being toxic. The process of extraction of castor oil ensures that all the toxic part remains in the seeds’ pulp.
Castor Oil’s Composition
Castor oil has minerals, vitamin E, and proteins. It has anti-fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties. It also has a triglyceride of fatty acids (with 90% of it being ricinoleic acid).
It is because of this composition that this oil gets its remarkable healing benefits. Ricinoleic acid is beneficial in fighting and preventing yeasts, bacteria, molds and viruses.
Benefits & Uses of Castor Oil
There are almost endless beneficial properties of castor oil.
1. Hair Benefits
Castor oil helps in making your hair thicker and re-growing them. It is rich in omega 9 fatty acids that help in nourishing your hair and follicles. The oil works by penetrating the pores and follicles where hair is produced.
How to Use – Take two drops of castor oil and massage into the hair.
2. Improved Lymphatic Flow
Dr. David Williams makes a very important point when he says that there is no drug that helps in improving lymphatic flow. But castor oil can help in effectively handling this.
How to Use – Topical application of the oil.
3. Anti-inflammatory Benefits
The ricinoleic acid present in castor oil has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it to reduce swelling and inflammation in the joints and tissues.
The other benefits of castor oil include the following:
– Helping improve the intestinal system with problems like dysentery and inflammatory bowels.
– Fighting yeast infections. The ricinoleic acid helps in inhibiting the growth of yeast, virus and bacteria.
– Improving constipation. Thanks to castor oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits, it helps in promoting regular bowel movement.
– Fighting gastrointestinal problems.
– Fighting menstrual disorders. It can help in relaxing the muscles which are involved in menstrual cramps.
– Fighting migraines.
– Fighting acne. The ricinoleic acid is also helpful in the treatment of various types of skin problems including acne.
– Improving sunburn
– Fighting athlete’s foot
– Fighting ringworm
– Fighting skin problems
– Castor oil has amazing germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal benefits. Due to these properties, it works as an effective treatment against dandruff. It also helps in protecting your scalp against microbial and fungal infections.
Uses of Castor Oil
- Treating Skin Problems
Castor oil can be used for treating wide range of skin conditions like:
– Bacterial infections
– Fungal infections
– Sprains & warts
– Sebaceous cysts
How to Use?
Just rub the oil on the affected skin area.
Castor oil packs
You can make castor oil packs to use the oil effectively (check here for these packs). These packs help in fighting different types of health ailments including:
– Kidney stones
– swollen joints
– irritable bowel syndrome
– menstrual cramps
– ovarian cysts
– digestive disorders
How to Use?
– Fold a cotton cloth in several layers
– Soak it in castor oil
– Apply the soaked cloth on your skin
You will usually apply castor oil packs on your muscles and joints. Use this trick to make it more effective – put a hot water bottle over the pack and leave it for 60 minutes. Do this for a total of 3 times per week.
Source: Living Traditionally